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Why do we hate to love tragedy?

Dante’s and Virgil’s journey to the eighth circle of hell by William by Adolphe Bouguereau

Why do we hate to love tragedy? It could be a horror movie, true crime docuseries or a nightmarish painting. The other day I saw a disturbing documentary on Netflix. I knew it was unsettling but I kept binge-watching it anyway and felt disgusted afterward.

Why do we romanticize macabre?

Deconstructing the reasons behind Michelangelo’s “men with breasts”

Night by Michelangelo. Her sturdy contoured legs and her left breast looks misshapen and stiff. Source-Public Domain

Michelangelo wrote in one of his poems, “I’m ugly.” He believed he did not meet societal beauty standards.

Despite this, he spent his entire life in pursuit of sublime perfection.

Michelangelo’s David is indeed the most perfect statue in the world. …

5 controversial modern artworks that will make you uncomfortable

Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party with personalized vulvas. Credit — Brooklyn Museum

What makes art controversial? This is a tough question. Often what demarcates controversial art from non-controversial art is individual perception and subjectivity. When an artwork divides audiences, sparks reactions, and upsets general culture and expectations, it tends to be a controversial piece of art.

Sometimes an artwork might not adhere…

How Manet's Olympia reflected feminism in the 19th century

Olympia by Edouard Manet
Source-Wikipedia

The painting Olympia was created by a French modernist painter Édouard Manet in 1863 and the painting Venus of Urbino was created by the Italian painter Titian in 1534.

Both the paintings portray a “nude woman” reclining on a couch or bed. But Venus of Urbino was celebrated in the…

[NSFW] — Of horses, octopuses, cupids and monks

The Sin by Heinrich Lossow (Public Domain)

In 2017, my husband and I visited Bhutan. A beautiful landlocked country in Eastern Himalayas.

Can you take a wild guess at what bewildered us?

Bhutan’s happiness index? No.

Thunder Dragon, Bhutanese national symbol? Not at all.

Phalluses. You heard me right. Bhutan celebrates phallic art and considers it as…

Here’s why CrytoPunks are being sold for millions

10,000 CryptoPunks. Image Courtesy — Larvalabs

Do you know that a computer-generated avatar of a teal-colored, pipe-smoking alien wearing a hat and sunglasses was sold for approximately $7.5 million in March 2021?

Do you know that a quirky art project started in 2017 by two Canadian developers has now become a pioneer project in the crypto…

Celebrating homoeroticism, androgyny, nakedness & unbounded love

Idyll by George Quaintance. Source-Public Domain

Can you imagine a gay visual artist in 1950s America who embraced gender fluidity long before the term was even coined? Imagine how difficult it would be to aesthetically portray homoeroticism long before when being gay was not only risky but also illegal.

I’m talking about the gay artist —…

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